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Congressman Mike Bishop

Representing the 8th District of Michigan

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Veterans

 

Providing for the common defense of our country is the core function of the Federal Government. Since the founding of our nation, millions of Americans have proudly served and sacrificed in preservation of our democracy. It is our duty as a nation to ensure that when our service members return home, that they are properly and respectfully cared for. I am very disappointed by a number of high-profile scandals at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that do a disservice to our heroes and to VA employees that faithfully serve our veterans. Those who have valiantly served our nation deserve better. As your representative in Congress, I will work with my colleagues to advance legislation that supports our military on and off the battlefield, in addition to providing quality services for our veterans who have given so much to protect us at home and abroad.

 

Scroll down for my latest press releases on developments in Congress, and be sure to visit the following resources if you're a veteran and need help navigating benefits, medals, housing, employment or other veterans-related issues:

 

Department of Veterans Affairs Website
 

Veterans’ facilities in and around Michigan’s 8th Congressional District:

VA Medical Center

Community Based Outpatient Clinic  

Regional Vet Centers

National Cemetery

 

Additional Resources:
 

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency- identify and break down barriers veterans face in employment, education, health care and quality of life, making Michigan a great place for veterans and their families to call home. The agency aggregates veterans services currently found in 14 state agencies as well as hundreds of community-based veteran programs to create a ‘no wrong door’ access to benefits and services.

  • Homes for Veterans and their Spouses- the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette provide eligible veterans and their spouse’s skilled nursing, dementia, special needs or domiciliary care in safe, caring environments.

  • VCAT (Veterans Community Action Team) - VCATs provide no wrong door for veterans. VCAT membership is comprised of federal, state, local and faith-based organizations that support veterans in the communities where they live and work. VCATs focus on identifying solutions for gaps in veteran services, reducing duplication of efforts and simplifying connections with local resources. This community-based system of care allows networks of service providers to employ best practices, share information and tools and connect more quickly with veterans.
     

Michigan Department of Military & Veteran Affairs

 

County Veterans' Services Offices in the 8th District- accredited counselors are available to assist county veterans and their dependents with applying for your VA benefits.  Our counselors will help you with obtaining the appropriate documentation, completing the appropriate form and monitor your claim with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).

eBenefits- This site is the result of a collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD). We serve Veterans, Service members, Wounded Warriors, their family members, and their authorized caregivers. A secure environment where you can safely access your personal information and perform self-service tasks. Applications (online and PDF) for disability compensation and various benefits.

AboutFace- Is dedicated to improving the lives of Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Here, Veterans can learn about PTSD, explore treatment options and, most importantly, hear real stories from other Veterans and their family members. They can also get advice from VA clinicians who have treated thousands of cases of PTSD.

My HealtheVet- VA’s online personal health record. It was designed for Veterans, active duty Service members, their dependents and caregivers. My HealtheVet helps you partner with your health care team. It provides you opportunities and tools to make informed decisions and manage your health care.

Make the Connection- is an online resource designed to connect Veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives.

Veterans Crisis Line- Connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

National Archives- Request Military Service Records, Replace lost Medals and Awards

 

More on Veterans

July 27, 2017 Press Release
"I am grateful for my colleagues who worked with us to meet the 2018 full funding request for Michigan State University’s Facility for Rate Isotope Beams," said Bishop. "I’m also pleased there is added funding to improve care for our VA patients through programs like mental health services and help for the homeless.”
June 13, 2017 Press Release
"With the enactment of this legislation, we can finally remove bad actors from the VA system and safeguard employees who come forward with the information necessary to do so," said Bishop.
December 2, 2016 Press Release
"The number one responsibility of Congress is to provide for the safety of the American people – including those who serve," said Bishop.
September 28, 2016 Press Release
"This bill secures Zika funding, increased oversight of the VA, funding to combat the opioid epidemic and a prohibition on the closure of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility – which are important issues to families in our district," said Bishop.
September 13, 2016 Video

Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08) spoke on the House floor today to recognize Patriot Week, Sept. 11-17, and encourage support for his resolution, H. Con. Res. 58.

June 20, 2016 Press Release
“I am proud to bring Joe on to our team. He understands the challenges that our military families and veterans face," said Bishop.
March 29, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Mike Bishop hosted more than 160 Vietnam War veterans in Michigan’s 8th District for the congressional presentation of the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin, in commemoration of the war’s 50th anniversary."Our veterans represent the very best of America, and I am eternally grateful for their service," said Rep. Bishop.
December 18, 2015 Press Release
Read Rep. Bishop's statement on the omnibus package and its legislative highlights for Michigan.